Churches have been able to hold public services for the first time in weeks.

St Peter’s Church in West Lynn and All Saints’ Church in King’s Lynn held their usual masses on Sunday and both were well attended.

A number of COVID-19 safety measures have been introduced to keep clergy and worshippers safe in church, including social distancing.

The restrictions mean singing is not currently allowed and Communion has had to be adapted to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Members of the congregation used hand sanitiser on arrival and no refreshments could be served.

Father Joshua Bell, assistant curate of St Peter’s and All Saints’, said the masses were the first to be held in public at the churches in 16 weeks.

“It was a great joy to gather as our church family across our two churches, to greet each other, and most importantly to receive the Eucharist together,” he said.

Canon Adrian Ling, Rector of St Peter’s and All Saints’, preached the sermon at the two masses, held at 9am and 11am, and spoke of the joy of returning to worship.

The latest government guidelines state gatherings of more than 30 people are now allowed for acts of communal worship in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting rooms in England.

But risk assessments are required, services should be kept short, there should be no shared items such as hymn books and mats and people should be encouraged “to move on promptly” afterwards.

Many churches will continue to offer the online services introduced during the pandemic for those unable to attend.

Information about forthcoming services can be found at www.allsaintskingslynn.org.uk or on Facebook.